Elevating Indigenous Voices through Formative Evaluation and Learning

Session Number: 2290
Track: Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Session Facilitator: Joseph Dickman [Senior Evaluation and Learning Specialist - The World Bank Group, Climate Investment Funds]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ben Murphy [Senior Consultant - Itad]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Neha Sharma [Evaluation and Learning Specialist ]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 73

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The involvement of indigenous people in policy processes that relate to forests has a fraught history, and the continued power imbalance challenges both their livelihoods and global efforts to protect the carbon stored in forest biodiversity. In 2009 the Climate Investment Funds launched a Dedicated Grant Mechanism to allow Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLCs) to develop and implement their own projects and engage with the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation processes.

The roundtable will discuss ways to conduct evaluations that support rather than detract from such social inclusion mechanisms. Using Itad’s 2018 formative evaluation of the DGM as an example, participants will discuss how a diverse and geographically distant group of evaluation stakeholders (including IPLCs and representatives from the World Bank and the DGM’s funders) can be brought together in developing learning to sustain and improve a shared initiative.